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  • December 2022 - SPE Distinguished Lecturer - Simon J. Sparke

    Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT
    ‘Well integrity in the Operate phase of the well lifecycle – our roll as crime scene detectives' Simon J. Sparke International Well Integrity Ltd. Abstract:  My takeaway ONE idea - ''Having a well Well integrity problem is not a sin, but doing nothing about it is!''. Globally, there are over two millions wells, and it is well documented that at least 40% have mechanical problems that require risk assessment and mitigation. Many of these wells are old and close to de-commissioning but day to day management remains a key issue. This dynamic presentation shows and documents how over time, key industry events have impacted the well construction and management process of our well stock. Changes are partly driven by regulations in one part of the world and utilized by other regions as best practices. Technical advances in engineering and sciences also create change by providing greater access to well data and well operational status. Finally, software such as Well Integrity Management Systems (WIMS) has brought about an awareness of the wells status and how it can be better managed particularly as part of the ageing process. Well integrity is an exciting discipline that embraces a wide range of subjects and skills. Like crime scene investigation, the evidence is provided - it’s a case of reviewing and understanding the data, that ultimately leads you and the team to making a decision on the best way to manage your well(s) Biography: Simon began his career in 1978 working for Schlumberger in the Middle East. Over the next 25 years he worked globally for a variety of service providers and Operators in various field and office based roles both onshore and offshore as an Operations Engineer. Gaining a masters degree in 2005 he moved into Operations Management for a major independent operator and built his first well integrity management system, publishing SPE MS-142449,  'Seven Pillars of Well Integrity' which identified, which established the key seven system ingredients for well integrity, Considerable experience and knowledge was gained as a co-author of ISO Well Integrity Standard 16530-1. Now, as an independent contractor, he authors key operations related documents for a wide range of clients,  building well integrity management systems and providing training schools in many countries and languages for all types of wells.   Simon is an active member of the SPE, and is working on various committees to promote well integrity awareness on a global basis. Event details: This is scheduled to be an online event, the SPE Distinguished Lecturer will be providing his presentation remotely. This event is being held in collaboration with the four other SPE Sections. -Event will be free for both SPE members and Non-SPE members. -Registration will be required via e-mail by December 9, 2022. -E-mail javad.hashemi@cenovus.com to RSVP for the event. Or if you are an SPE member, visit www.spe.org/en/events/calendar/ and find this event to register. -Further login instructions will be provided through e-mail a few days prior to the event. 

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  • March 2023 - SPE Distinguished Lecturer - Ron Balliet

    Thursday, March 16, 2023, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM MT
    Unlocking Unconventional Reservoirs using Magnetic Resonance as the Key Ron Balliet Halliburton Abstract:  Unconventional reservoirs now comprise a large segment of global oilfield exploration, development and production. A major challenge for the oil industry is quantifying the storage volume or reservoir porosity where pore size is dramatically smaller than in conventional reservoirs. Correct estimation of reservoir storage can determine the economics of an unconventional field. The initial myth of uniformity across these source rock reservoirs has now evolved to understanding how very different these global deposits truly are. A few of the major differences include thermal maturity, mineral composition and amount of kerogen present. Magnetic Resonance logging and T1T2 analysis have become a “Revolution in Resolution” for Unconventional Reservoir Formation Evaluation for several reasons. Unlike conventional logs, porosity from these T1T2 measurements are unaffected by kerogen presence or varying mineralogy, and provide a more accurate porosity estimation. A log measured porosity that correlates well with laboratory core porosity, but also provides full fluid quantification for clay bound water, organic pore hydrocarbons, producible water, free gas and mobile oil. The method also encompasses any inter-bedded conventional sands, silts and carbonates. This presentation describes the measurement principles, formation evaluation methodology and applications of Magnetic Resonance for Unconventional Reservoir challenges. New formation evaluation concepts are introduced for obtaining and quantifying individual reservoir fluid volumes.   A range of global case studies are used to demonstrate the differences in source rock reservoirs, their challenges and proposed solutions. The primary message is to provide a new perspective being adopted by the industry for formation evaluation in Unconventional Reservoirs. Biography:  Ron Balliet is the Halliburton Global Product Champion for Magnetic Resonance. He supports formation evaluation and operations for Halliburton Wireline & Perforating and Sperry Drilling product lines.  He has a 33 year involvement with oilfield magnetic resonance and has worked in several locations around the world. He has been involved with the design and interpretation methods for seven wireline and LWD magnetic resonance sensors including applications for Unconventional reservoirs. He has published twenty technical papers, seven NMR related patents and has been a member of SPE for 23 years.  He holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Geophysics and Geology. Attendance: This will be an in-person event! Please contact lloydmisnter@spemail.org to register. Further details will be provided once available.

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  • April 2023 - SPE Distinguished Lecturer - Drew Pomerantz

    Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MT
    Methane Emissions: Our Obligation and Our Opportunity in the Energy Transition    Drew Pomerantz Schlumberger   Abstract:  The world has entered an energy transition where the future role of energy sources will depend partially on their greenhouse gas footprint.  While that transition is expected to take a generation, some changes will occur quickly.  One of the fastest ways to combat climate change is to reduce emissions of methane, not carbon dioxide.  Methane is the main component of natural gas and a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.  The oil and gas industry handles a large quantity of methane, and a small amount of that methane leaks to the atmosphere.  Because methane is such a potent greenhouse gas, those emissions are small in volume but large in environmental impact: methane is the dominant source of our industry's direct greenhouse gas emissions, above other sources like flaring.  This lecture describes the main sources of methane emissions, the market and political drivers to reduce methane emissions, and the new technologies being developed to find and fix methane leaks.  Biography:  Andrew (Drew) E. Pomerantz is an Energy Transition Technology Advisor at Schlumberger, based in Boston, Massachusetts.  He focuses on new technologies that reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions from the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, particularly novel methods to detect fugitive methane emissions.  Drew graduated from Stanford University with a PhD in chemistry in 2005 and has co-authored 100 peer-reviewed publications and 25 granted US patents.  He founded the Boston chapter of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA). Event details: This is scheduled to be an online event, the SPE Distinguished Lecturer will be providing his presentation remotely. This event is being held in collaboration with the four other SPE Sections. -Event will be free for both SPE members and Non-SPE members. -Registration will be required via e-mail by April 7, 2023. -E-mail lloydminster@spemail.org to RSVP for the event. Or if you are an SPE member, visit www.spe.org/en/events/calendar/ and find this event to register. -Further login instructions will be provided through e-mail a few days prior to the event. 

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